Jean-Paul Kelly is an artist exploring the relationship between materiality and perception. The videos and objects Kelly makes pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations between found photographs, videos, sounds, and online media streams. By working through these documents, Kelly seeks to illuminate the gap between physical matter and the subjective experience of it in the world.
His work has exhibited at the Delfina Foundation, London; CGP London: Dilston Grove; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Power Plant, Toronto; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Gallery TPW, Toronto. He has participated in residencies at the Delfina Foundation, London, in 2015, and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, in 2015, and was a guest artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2013. Kelly received the 2014 Kazuko Trust Award from the Kazuko Trust and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York and the 2015 Images Festival Award in Toronto. His videos have been screened at various venues, including the Beirut Art Center; the International Film Festival Rotterdam; DIM Cinema, Vancouver; New York Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival; SBC Gallery, Montreal; and Nightingale Cinema, Chicago.